HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal City Council on Tuesday awarded a $6.648 million contract to Bleigh Construction Co. to renovate Hannibal's riverfront.
Bleigh Construction's bid beat proposals from three other companies. Bleigh's offer included the base bid plus nine of the 12 alternate pieces of the project. The city engineer's estimate for the same range of work was $6.9 million.
The construction project will include relocating the marina; installing a new boat ramp and docking locations for two large riverboats as well as the Mark Twain Riverboat and Canton Marine Towing; installing a new rip rap river wall, new sidewalks, a road and a parking area; new fencing in multiple locations; and new restrooms, lighting and storm water utilities.
Andrew Dorian, director of Hannibal's Parks and Recreation Department, said he was excited to see the project finally moving forward after several years of planning and preparation.
"This has been a long time coming," he said.
Dorian said construction will begin "almost immediately" with some demolition work. He said the riverfront development project is expected to take 300 days to complete.
If all goes well, Dorian said, the project could be completed by the end of September.
The council on Tuesday gave second reading to an ordinance clearing the way to sell $6.6 million in bonds to help finance the riverfront project. The bonds will also cover the cost for a proposed new convention and visitors bureau in Hannibal.
Also at Tuesday's meeting, the council spent a considerable amount of time discussing several options for trash collection in the downtown area. However, no action was taken. The options will be given further review in coming days.
During the meeting, Police Chief Lyndell Davis issued commendations to two members of the city's Anti-Crime Enforcement Squad -- Sgt. Matt Wilt and Det. Victor Mathews -- for their roles in carrying out a major drug bust in Hannibal last week.
Drugs with a street value of about $100,000 were confiscated along with some guns, money and various drug paraphernalia.
"In the law enforcement world, this is a big deal," Davis said.
The council approved Davis' request to waive normal bidding practices to allow the Police Department to starting using a faster and more reliable internet system that will provide a direct connection the Marion County 911 service.
The council also:
º Approved the reappointment of Kristy Trevathan to the Hannibal Tree Board for a term expiring in September 2021 and Cathie Whelan to the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau for a term expiring in September 2023; and the appointment of Brad Walden to the Historic District Development Commission for a term expiring in May 2023.
º Awarded a $17,747 contract to Angelo's Supplies for three salt spreaders to be used by the Hannibal Board of Public Works.
º Agreed to sell a city-owned lot for $500 to Johannah Ketchum. The lot is adjacent to her home at 511 Birch.
º Approved a $9,996 contract to Republic Services for dumpster trash collection in the 2018-19 fiscal year.
º Approved a $44,385 change order in Bleigh Construction's contract for the Shinn Lane roundabout construction project.
º Approved street-closure requests for the Loafers Car Club's annual May car show on May 11, 2019, and its September "cruise-in" on Sept. 14, 2019.